Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas at Munich

The Christmas decoration at hotel
This December, I had the opportunity to visited Munich city in Germany. Since my arrival in this city, the Christmas atmosphere was very thick, has a lot of Christmas decorations everywhere. Of course with the snow everywhere. This is my first experience of enjoying a white Christmas. I then went straight to the hotel where I will stay. A 4 star hotel named NH hotel, located on the outskirts of Munich. When entering this hotel, the atmosphere of Christmas has been very pronounced, ranging from Christmas tree complete with lights until the other decorations around the room.

After checking in, I continue the journey with a few friends headed downtown to look for lunch. Here we found a restaurant serving typical German cuisine and visited by a lot of visitors. Maybe because when we came it's already in lunch hour. One thing that is always the same, a big sausage menu on the pile of salad, or a type of steak with potato dumplings come with a bowl of salad. The special thing of salad in many European countries, is that they always serve it with vinegar acid, it's a little bit different from many restaurant in Asia.

At the evening, we visited a Christmas market in this city. Christmas market here is very crowded, so many stores selling Christmas ornaments and decorations, souvenirs as well as bread and beer which are served in shoe shaped glasses. And also there's a giant Christmas tree which full decorated with lights and knick-knacks which add to the beauty of this market. Today also the special day for this city, beause it's became the host of the Champions League match. So many supporters who wore full soccer attributes walk through this market, and not a few of them were drunk because they drank too much beer.

the Christmas market

I was lucky, because today the weather is pretty friendly, as the temperature is warm which is 6 degrees Celsius. We enjoyed dinner at Hofbräu restaurant. All food in this restaurant are very delicious. We also ordered each 1 liter of beer 'original taste' of Bavarian. While you enjoyed the food and beverage, there are live music and traditional dance performance provided by this restaurant.
Amazingly, the majority of visitors here are international guests, many of them are from Korea, Japan, and China.

After had a good dinner, we rushed back to the hotel to had some rest. The next day the temperature got dropped, to -3 degrees Celsius. All areas, including roads were getting white again. Although it's cold, but it makes a very beautiful scenery. Honestly, I really enjoyed the breeze in this country, because the air is very clean and fresh, coupled with the snow scenery everywhere that I can not find in my home town, it was incredible ..! Well, I guess that would be all my journey in the city of Munich this year, because that very afternoon I had to go back to the airport for returning home. Although it's just a short trip, but it's really an unforgettable moments.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Start Your Internet Business, Now!

Nowadays, the technological world is rapidly growing. No doubt, services and Internet transactions are now increasingly required and used by many people and companies. From just browsing until for selling goods or services, you can call it internet endeavors. Many ways to market your products or services via the Internet, one of which is the Web site or E-commerce. Of course, to create a website you must first register your website on a Web Hosting. If you created a website that is only for personal purpose or small business, then you can register your website on a shared web hosting.

Shared web hosting is a type of web hosting where a single server is divided among many webmasters as well. This is due to a personal website or internet endeavors do not require extensive resources, and also the costs for shared web hosting is the most inexpensive when compared to other types of web hosting. However, if your business has grown rapidly and is felt that the shared web hosting no longer support your business, you can move to a more comprehensive server with an upgrade.

Indeed, to start an online business is not too easy but not too difficult also. You just need understand The Foundation for Starting an Online Business and how to start this business. For example, in addition to mastering the product or service you sell, you must also need to learn how to attract consumers to buy your products or services marketed on your website. But it is not impossible. As long as you're keep trying and willing to learn, success has been waiting in front of you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Visit Herzogenaurach, Germany 2010

After a while, finally I could visit this country again. Yes, one of my favorite countries, Germany. At first I was worried about the weather there, because it is currently winter, and my friend who was already been there said that it was very cold, the temperatures can dropped to -10C with snow were scattered everywhere.
Hearing this, of course I had to prepare everything well. Starting from a thick jacket, sweater, scarf, hat 'skullcaps', gloves and underwear (long john), do not forget medications and vitamins to maintain health.

I left in early December yesterday, with route Jakarta-Singapore-Frankfurt-Nuremberg using Singapore Airlines. This route is the same as last year, because there are no direct flights from Jakarta to Germany by using this airline.
However, I really enjoy using this airline, because many of my friends told me that this airline is one of the major airlines and the best in the world, and it was true. Starting from service to facilities all are very good and complete (although the pricing is more expensive than other airlines, but it's all worth in my opinion).

But I am a little late at the airport in Frankfurt, because the plane that led to Nuremberg was delayed, so I still had time to enjoy a cup of coffee at the airport with a discount coin that I got when I checked in. After waiting about 40 minutes, finally I can get into the plane. The journey from Frankfurt to Nuremberg takes about 45 minutes. When I arrived in Nuremberg airport I was a little surprised with my baggage, the key combination on my luggage was damaged aka burglarized. So I checked all my things inside, but it seems nothing's missing. Maybe it only complains for airport security check of the party.

Exiting the airport, I was greeted with cold air and a thin snow. Time temperature was around -2C. I immediately look for a taxi to take me to the hotel. Unfortunately, the taxi drivers can not speak English, so I can not chat during the way to hotel. The hotel I which I stayed was practically very nice. A 4 star hotel called Ramada, located in Herzogenaurach. The facilities at this hotel is quite complete and the size of the rooms for single bed is also quite extensive.
Of course, because it was entering the month of December, the Christmas atmosphere here is very thick, even in whole Germany. I even can not wait to enjoy the typical German food, beer and wine with its delicious taste.

However, because the air outside the pretty cold, so I did not do a lot of outdoor activities. Just took some pictures and playing with snow. BEcause when I went here last year, the snow was not much as today.
Although my visit this time is not too long, but I would use this opportunity as best as I could. Apparently the hotel is also adjacent to Adidas headquarters, and also close to the Adidas Factory Outlet. Many places impressed me here.

Well, in my first day here, I spent my time to rest, because the schedule for the next day was full. Well, it because my travel this time is pure for business. Although it's only a few days in Herzo, but I will take this advantage as best as I can. Starting from the main battle the snow, a visit to his favorite restaurant and a walk in the park around the hotel, although cold, This time, this place was very beautiful. Especially with a lot of Christmas decorations on the street and at homes. It's really an unforgettable experience.
Looks like I wrote long enough, so I will end this up to here. But don't worry, I will share my another experience in another city later on.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sophia and Aiden lead BabyCenter's Top 100 Baby Names of 2010

Please step down, Isabella. Sophia is taking your place as the most popular girl's name of 2010.

Congratulations, Aiden. You've held onto the number-one boy's spot for the sixth year in a row.

Welcome to the pack, Liam and Abigail. You're now officially a part of the coveted top 10.

BabyCenter released its list of the Top 100 Baby Names of 2010 today. The online parenting and pregnancy destination compiled some 350,000 baby names and combined those that sound the same but have different spellings (such as Sophia and Sofia) to create a true measure of popularity.

Top 10 Girls’ Names of 2010

1. Sophia
2. Isabella
3. Olivia
4. Emma
5. Chloe

6. Ava
7. Lily
8. Madison
9. Addison
10. Abigail

Top 10 Boys’ Names of 2010

1. Aiden
2. Jacob
3. Jackson
4. Ethan
5. Jayden
6. Noah
7. Logan
8. Caden
9. Lucas
10. Liam

What's influencing baby-naming parents? Parents turned to pop culture, politics, a bygone era, and the ever-popular Old Testament for inspiration. Here's a look at the Hottest Baby Name Trends of 2010:

* Glee's cheerleader queen Quinn may be mean, but her name is certainly popular, jumping up in the ratings a whopping 60 percent. Finn, Jenna, and Lea are also singing a happy tune.
* The critically acclaimed drama Mad Men has struck a nerve with the American public. Dishy Don (as in Draper) inched up the charts, and his ex-wife is bringing the cool back to Betty. The silver-haired fox Roger rose 21 percent, while his wife, Jane, also gained popularity.
* The names of the moms on MTV's reality show 16 and Pregnant are also popular: Maci, Farrah, and Katelynn are up by 60, 51, and 7 percent, respectively.
* Sarah Palin's daughters' names – Bristol, Willow, and Piper – are climbing the ladder, but the name Sarah is actually in decline.
* The golden age of film (think 1930 to 1959) played a starring role in this year's list. Audrey, Ava, Scarlett, Evelyn, Vivien, and Greta all got rave reviews.
* Parents are reaching back for names…way, way back to the Old Testament. Jacob has made the BabyCenter top ten for the past ten years, while Levi, Caleb, Elijah, and Jeremiah are rising in the charts. For more about the hottest trends see BabyCenter’s Baby Names Special Report of 2010.

What about names below the top ten? Some are flying up the list, while others are spiraling downward.

* Newcomers who broke into the top 100 include Annabelle (69), Stella (72), Nora (83), Jeremiah (90), Hudson (96), and Ryder (97).
* Ellie, who leapfrogged 26 spots to come in at number 61, is a rising star.
* So is Charlotte, who was bumped up 20 to number 38.
* And then there's Grayson, who enjoyed a 25-spot jump to land at number 66.
* Some names lost a lot of ground. Brooke shot down 23 spots to number 82, while Hayden tumbled 20 spots to number 91.
* Ashley and Brendan exited the top 100 entirely.

What's up for next year? BabyCenter uses a top-secret algorithm to unearth the names that are likely to become even more popular in 2011.

* Of the top 100 girls' names from 2010, it looks like Layla, Lila, Evelyn, Charlotte, Lucy, Ellie, Aaliyah, Bella, Claire, and Aubrey will continue to rise in 2011.
* Of the top 100 boys' names from 2010, BabyCenter predicts that Eli, Colton, Grayson, Wyatt, Henry, Mason, Landon, Charlie, Max, and Chase will gain momentum in 2011.

And what about names that haven't even broken into the top 100? Who will be next year's newcomers?

* Among the less popular names now moving up the girls' list are Isla, Adalyn, Giuliana, Olive, Kinsley, Evangeline, Paisley, Vivienne, Maci, and Kinley.
* And although Bentley, Kellan, Kingston, Aarav, Ryker, Beckett, Colt, Paxton, Jax, and Lincoln are well below the top 100 on the boys' list, they're all fast climbers.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Traditional Drinks 'Selendang Mayang'

Well, it's about 2 months since I didn't update my blog. Understandably, today, more and more activities that I should do.
I got a little surprised today, when I opened my blog, do you know why? Because after a period of inactivity,
my blog's Pagerank even increased to 3. Unbelievable...

This time My article is about a traditional culinary drinks from the town of Tangerang. It happened when I visited this city,
My friend took me to it's place to taste this ice drinks.
This traditional drink called ice 'Selendang Mayang'.

These days, this kind of drink is very rarely sold, because it may have been replaced with another modern drinks.
This drink is made from coconut juice mix with sugar and also there are some pieces of 'cake' made from rice flour.
It was so refreshing. Especially if you enjoy this drink in the middle of hot day, definitely suitable to quench your thirst.

The price for a bowl of this iced drinks are very cheap, only Rp. 3000 ($ 0.4) you can enjoy a refreshing drink.
No wonder, with the taste of sweet and fresh, this drinks can lure buyers from many places.
it's quite a lot also of those who use a luxury car to buy this drink. You can enjoy your drink while sitting in a
seat that has been provided, or sitting on the edge of the pavement, and some other are enjoying it in the car whit their mate.

This really makes me salute, because traditional drinks to survive until now, even quite popular among the high class people.
Once satisfied enjoying this delicious beverage, we were back on our activities with full of enthusiasm.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

8 myths about being single

Have you heard that single people are miserable and lonely and die alone in their empty apartments where they are eaten by their cats? That’s what I heard, too. So I set out to discover the truth of these matters. Guess what? It is not just the cat thing that’s a myth. All of those insulting claims about the lives of single people are wrong, wrong, wrong! Here’s a rundown of the myths I found while looking at the reality of being unattached today.

Myth #1: Singles are less happy than married people
Boo-hoo, poor you! That’s what friends and family sometimes think of people who are single. They are so wrong! First, most single people are not miserable — not even close. On the average, single people are always on the happy end of the scale; that’s true in every study I know of. Second, getting married hardly changes someone’s happiness at all. Some married people experience a tiny blip in happiness around the time of the wedding. (On an 11-point scale, they are about one-quarter of one point happier.) But that is just a honeymoon effect. They soon go back to being as happy or as unhappy as they were when they were single. Furthermore, only some married people enjoy the honeymoon effect. People who marry and later divorce actually start getting a bit less happy — not more happy — as their wedding day approaches.

Myth #2: Single people favor solitude
Sometimes people say that single people are “alone,” that they “don’t have anyone.” But that’s just a myth. Research shows that single people often have many people in their lives who are important to them. Often, they have a whole network of friends and relatives, and they stay connected with them for decades. After all, they have the time to forge many diverse relationships, which married sorts often don’t.

Myth #3: Elderly women live in isolation
Older women, in particular, are often painted as isolated spinsters, but in one study of 50 women who had always been single, 49 of them had close friends and usually they were in touch with those friends every single day. Sixteen of their friendships had lasted more than 40 years.

Myth #4: Single people don’t live as long as married folks
A serious, intellectual magazine recently printed a story with this headline: “Marry or die.” Seriously. Even the most prestigious publications can get their headlines all wrong when it comes to stories about people who are single. That magazine article ignored the longest-running study of longevity on record. That study started in 1921, with more than 1,000 11-year-olds. Scientists have kept track of these people for as long as they lived. The people who lived the longest were those who stayed single and those who married and stayed married. People who divorced, or who divorced and remarried, had shorter lives. It was consistency, not marriage, that mattered, and the results were the same for men and women.

Myth #5: Single people are self-centered
Married people are supposedly the ones who reach out to other people and keep families and neighborhoods connected. That’s the story we hear, but it is not what’s really true. National surveys show that single people are more likely to visit, support, contact, and advise their siblings and parents than married or even previously married people. Singles are also more likely to encourage, help, and socialize with their neighbors and friends.

Myth #6: The children of single parents are destined to live haplessly
These days, forecasts of doom and gloom are often aimed at children who are raised by single parents. To hear the commentators talk about it, you would think that only children raised by married biological parents have a decent shot at a good, healthy, successful life. In my research, though, I was struck by just how overstated those claims actually are. One example comes from the results of a National Drug Abuse Survey, a study of substance abuse among 12- to 17-year-olds. The children of single mothers had low rates of abuse — under 6 percent. And those rates were just 1.2 percent higher than the rates of the children living with married biological parents. Furthermore, two-parent married households did not always have kids with the lowest rates of substance abuse. Teens living with a father and stepmother, for example, had higher rates of substance abuse than teens raised by single mothers.

Myth #7: Single people are not as healthy as people who get married
Think singletons live an unhealthy life of vice, partying up a storm and eating junk food rather than healthy home-cooked meals? That’s not what the research says. Typically, people who have always been single are very similar in their health to people who are currently married. There is, though, one exception where single people are actually healthier than attached types: married people are more overweight! As for divorce, some research actually shows that people become healthier after they divorce than they were when they were married.

Myth #8: Single people waste money on frivolous things for themselves
So you think that singletons splurge and marrieds conserve? If so, then I have just one question for you: Do you know how much weddings cost? Even after the big splash, maybe you thought married folks save up, spend conservatively, and are occasionally called upon to support the more spendthrift single drifters in their clan who racked up credit card debt on fancy shopping sprees and vacations...not so. Coupled-up sorts are no more generous than single people when it comes to giving financial help to family members. As for friends, it is the single people who are there for them. In fact, one study showed that men were much more financially generous to their friends when they were single than they were after they married. When married men divorced, they reverted to their more giving selves. If they remarried, then they went back to being less generous to their friends.

Well, for me, I don't care what people says, I'm single and very happy.. :)

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Truth About 12 Health Myths

You Shouldn’t Cut Off the Bread’s Crust. It’s Full of Vitamins.

The truth is: In a 2002 German study, researchers found that the baking process produces a novel type of cancer-fighting antioxidant in bread that is eight times more abundant in the crust than in the crumb. That said, it’s more important to serve whole-wheat bread, with or without the crust, because it’s all around higher in nutrients, such as fiber, says New York City nutritionist Keri Glassman, author of The O2 Diet ($25, Make sure the ingredients list “100% whole-wheat flour.” Breads simply labeled “wheat” are usually made with a mixture of enriched white flour and whole-wheat flour and have less fiber.

If You Go Out With Wet Hair, You’ll Catch a Cold.

The truth is: You will feel cold but will be just fine healthwise, says Jim Sears, a board-certified pediatrician in San Clemente, California, and a cohost of the daytime-TV show The Doctors. He cites a study done at the Common Cold Research Unit, in Salisbury, England, in which a group of volunteers was inoculated with a cold virus up their noses. Half the group stayed in a warm room while the rest took a bath and stood dripping wet in a hallway for half an hour, then got dressed but wore wet socks for a few more hours. The wet group didn’t catch any more colds than the dry. Sears’s conclusion: “Feeling cold doesn’t affect your immune system.”

If You Cross Your Eyes, They’ll Stay That Way.

The truth is: “There’s no harm in voluntary eye crossing,” says W. Walker Motley, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. But if you notice your child doing this a lot (when he’s not mimicking a cartoon character), he might have other vision problems.

You Should Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever.

The truth is: In both cases, eat and drink, then drink some more. “Staying hydrated is the most important thing to do, because you lose a lot of fluids when you’re ill,” says Sears, who adds that there’s no need for special beverages containing electrolytes (like Gatorade) unless you’re severely dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea.

Gum Stays in Your Stomach for Seven Years.

The truth is: Your Little Leaguer’s wad of Big League Chew won’t (literally) stick around until high school graduation. “As with most nonfood objects that kids swallow, fluids carry gum through the intestinal tract, and within days it passes,” says David Pollack, a senior physician in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network. And even though gum isn’t easily broken down in the digestive system, it probably won’t cause a stomachache, either.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.

The truth is: A handful of blueberries a day will keep the doctor away more effectively. Blueberries are a nutritional jackpot, rich in antioxidants and fiber, and they’re also easy to toss into cereal and yogurt. That said, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is important to prevent many chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, down the road. (To find out how much earth-grown goodness your child should be getting, enter his or her age, sex, and level of physical activity at

You Lose 75 Percent of Your Body Heat Through Your Head.

The truth is: “This adage was probably based on an infant’s head size, which is a much greater percentage of the total body than an adult head,” says Pollack. That’s why it’s important to make sure an infant’s head remains covered in cold weather. (This also explains those ubiquitous newborn caps at the hospital.) But for an adult, the figure is more like 10 percent. And keep in mind that heat escapes from any exposed area (feet, arms, hands), so putting on a hat is no more important than slipping on gloves.

To Get Rid of Hiccups, Have Someone Startle You.

The truth is: Most home remedies, like holding your breath or drinking from a glass of water backward, haven’t been medically proven to be effective, says Pollack. However, you can try this trick dating back to 1971, when it was published in The New England Journal of Medicine: Swallow one teaspoon of white granulated sugar. According to the study, this tactic resulted in the cessation of hiccups in 19 out of 20 afflicted patients. Sweet.

Eating Fish Makes You Smart.

The truth is: For kids up to age three or four, this is indeed the case. Fish, especially oily ones, such as salmon, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). “DHA is particularly beneficial in the first two years of life for brain development, cognition, and visual acuity,” says Beverly Hills pediatrician Scott W. Cohen, the author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year ($16, And a 2008 study in Clinical Pediatrics showed an increase in vocabulary and comprehension for four-year-olds who were given daily DHA supplements. Omega-3 options for the fish-phobic? Try avocados, walnuts, and canola oil.

You Shouldn’t Swim for an Hour After Eating.

The truth is: Splash away. “After you eat, more blood flows to the digestive system and away from the muscles,” says Cohen. “The thinking was that if you exercised strenuously right after eating, that lack of blood would cause you to cramp up and drown.” But that won’t happen. Sears concurs: “You might have less energy to swim vigorously, but it shouldn’t inhibit your ability to tread water or play.”

Every Child Needs a Daily Multivitamin.

The truth is: Children who are solely breast-fed during their first year should be given a vitamin D supplement. After that, a multivitamin won’t hurt anyone, but many experts say that even if your child is in a picky phase, there’s no need to sneak Fred, Wilma, and company into his applesauce. “Even extremely fussy eaters grow normally,” Cohen says. “Your kids will eventually get what they need, even if it seems as if they’re subsisting on air and sunlight.”

Warm Milk Will Help You Fall Asleep.

The truth is: Milk contains small amounts of tryptophan (the same amino acid in turkey), “but you would have to drink gallons to get any soporific effect,” says Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, who specializes in sleep disorders. “What is effective is a routine to help kids wind down,” he says. And if a glass of warm milk is part of the process, it can have a placebo effect, regardless of science.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nasi Bakar (Roasted Rice)

Again, my article is about culinary. This time I headed to a food stall selling Nasi Bakar.
Nasi Bakar Winni, so the name of this food stall, located in Tangerang - Banten, precisely on Jalan KH. Soleh Ali No. 5.
It's not a big stall, but being on the edge of the highway and also around hawker centers was an advantage.

The Nasi Bakar here has two flavors, Nasi Bakar with chicken and Nasi Bakar with Fish. This time I tried to have nasi bakar with fish, because I think this fish is tasty. After waiting a few moments, my nasi bakar arrived. Wrapped in banana leaves, making sense of smell more flavorful. I soon open the banana leaf wrap and found white rice flavored with basil leaves and various other spices. Portions are also quite suitable, not too big nor too small.

Apparently the smell is not deceptive, the rice was very tasty roasted, and best eaten with pickled cucumber.
Although it is quite simple, ie, only rice, fried anchovies, basil and cayenne pepper and also added some secret ingredient (the salesman said) it's very special. Moreover, the price is not expensive, only Rp. 7000,- per serving ($ 0.80). So I would have another nasi bakar with chicken to take home, which turned out it was just as good.

In addition to selling the nasi bakar, the shop also sells Winni chicken noodles, vermicelli soup, and others. The prices of food and other beverages is still very affordable. Besides selling Nasi bakar in this stall, they also accept orders for catering, wedding receptions and anniversary events. They also accept orders pastries and birthday cakes. Anyway, very cool ... so complete...

So fo all of you who likes the culinary and looking for some good food, I recommend this food stall to visit. Operational hours starting from 9 o'clock in the morning until 6 o'clock in the evening. So who wants to try to please come ...
Wait for my next culinary sensation ... :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cheap Food, Fun Weekend

As usual, things that I and my friends do on weekends is hanging around and searching for a food or a tasty snack.
I don't mean to be arrogant, but it is our hobby, and anyway could be a good way for releasing stress.
For this time, we're celebrating our two friend's birthdays, so we went looking for a new place to eat with a cheap price at but delicious in taste.

One of our friends suggested to try D'Cost, because he once ate there and the price is fairly cheap enough. (Sorry this is not intended or other promotion, but simply sharing my personal experience only).
We immediately headed to the region of Serpong in Tangerang, and after arriving at the spot, we were lucky because there are four empty tables. Usually this place is very crowded on weekends, so you have to queue up just to get a table.

After getting a table, we were immediately ordered the food. Indeed the price of the foods offered here is quite cheap (but not including VAT 10%). The one that made me suprise is the price of rice per serving is only Rp. 1500, - and you can add more as much as you like. Likewise with fresh tea drinks. After sorting through the food to be ordered, we finally make a choice. We ordered quite a lot of food, from shrimp, fish, chicken, squid, until the vegetables.

After waiting about 15 minutes, the food we ordered had arrived. Well, here the surprise begins. I was surprised by the portion of the food served. No wonder the food prices was fairly cheap, apparently the portion that is presented is not much. Unlike at other restaurants, which use a large plate for serving the food. In this restaurant the food served using a small plate with a portion of more or less only for 2 people.

Because food that our ordered out in a one-time 'snap', so we did order a second. But still, some of us feel not satisfied with the portion served. Total price of food that we ordered about Rp. 500 000 for 15 people, which I think the same price if compared with other restaurant. So I think this restaurant is suitable for you if you eat with slightly of people, maybe max 4 people. Because if in a large group like ours, the result will not be the maximum...

Because we were not enjoying our lunch that much so need another entertainment, and luckily the location is close to the Teras Kota Serpong, so we stopped by in Blitzmegaplex to watch movies that are aired. So the result is, all pleased, all happy...

Monday, July 26, 2010

7 high-paying careers to skip college for

Ask most high school guidance counselors, and they'll tell you a college degree is your key to a well-paying job. But that's not always the case. While lawyers, doctors, and many other professionals still require degrees, Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at, helped us pinpoint several jobs that don't.

But before you ditch your plans to attend a four-year college, note that these jobs do require specialized knowledge, obtained through either a vocational training program or an on-the-job education. (And many people in these occupations do have college degrees, so one certainly can't hurt.)

"There's no high-paying job that doesn't require a high-level skill," says Lee. "You can learn it on the job, but you're going to have to learn it." With the rising cost of college tuition, pursuing one of these career paths may make sense.

1. Freelance Photographer: $47,800 median salary
Lee says that non-degree jobs tend to fall into one of two categories: technical or entrepreneurial. Being a freelance photographer requires a high degree of business savvy in addition to photography skills. Depending on the type of work you do, you might take product shots, family portraits, corporate head shots, wedding pictures, or other images, and then touch up the pictures digitally and send them to clients for review.

2. Private Detective or Investigator: $50,600 median salary
This is another career that requires a lot of personal initiative. Private detectives or investigators might testify at hearings, analyze data, search databases, or question suspects. Knowledge of psychology and the law, critical-thinking skills, and the ability to listen and read body language are also useful.

3. Elevator Mechanic: $61,500 median salary
"When [elevators] break, people are miserable," Lee points out. He adds that the job often requires travel and working at odd hours (for instance, so you can fix an elevator before an office building opens)--which may pay more. Successful elevator mechanics generally have a knack for understanding complex mechanical systems, assembling and disassembling elevator parts, and following safety standards.

4. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator: $79,100 median salary
Since nuclear power reactor operators work with highly sensitive equipment, they need an understanding of physics and engineering, as well as active learning and troubleshooting skills. The higher pay correlates to the highly specialized skill set required.

5. Personal Trainer: $37,500 median salary
Knowledge of nutrition, anatomy, and first aid are helpful, so many personal trainers have a college degree or specialized certification. Since an independent personal trainer's income is tied to the number of clients he or she trains, time-management skills, physical stamina, and customer service skills are assets in this field.

6. Director of Security: $62,400 median salary
Someone might start out as assistant to the director of security and work their way up. Tasks might include analyzing security data, investigating security breaches, and supervising others. Lee says jobs like this are "not a bad track for someone who is more physical or manual, where it's about on-the-job training and less about formal programs."

7. Air Traffic Controller: $60,200
Although the job doesn't require a college degree, the FAA screens prospective air traffic controllers with a pre-employment test and other requirements, so it's a competitive field. The job might entail monitoring aircraft, issuing take-off and landing instructions, and directing ground traffic.

Well, interested..?

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

4 tips to protect you from ATM thieves

ATMs are under siege more than ever from skimming. Skimming, where ATM thieves steal your PIN and account number using remote devices, is increasing dramatically. Often done by sophisticated crime rings from the Eastern bloc countries, ATM skimming is becoming a high-tech art that's hard to detect.

That's bad news for consumers. Experts say that losses from skimming are approaching $1 billion. Nearly one in five fraud victims reported having their credit card PIN or debit card ATM PIN information stolen in 2009, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. And Robert Vamosi, an analyst handling risk, fraud and security at Javelin, sees ATM skimming continuing to rise this year and next.

"Consumers aren't aware of ATM tampering," he says. "ATMs have 40 years of trust."

Skimming isn't new. It's been around for at least 10 years. What has changed is that the "technology of the bad guy is getting better and better every year," says Robert Siciliano, a security expert based in Boston. "It's up to consumers to watch their own backs."

Typically, ATM thieves use two devices to capture your PIN and card data. One device sits near where you swipe your card and reads the magnetic stripe on your card with your account number. Even more confusing, the device mimics the card slot. "The technology has evolved to a point where the molded plastic fits like it belongs there," says Siciliano. Devices are even readily available over the Internet for as little as $300.

A camera, hidden from view, captures the PIN. "You can get the data in real time," says Siciliano. "You can be in your car with a laptop remotely accessing the device."

Thieves then burn the data onto a blank card to access your money.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien wants consumers to be warned. "The public is notified after an event," he says. And don't take bank security for granted. Fraud can occur at any bank in any part of the country. Thieves are even sending out false text alerts to get consumer data.

Banks, they say, are slow to adopt anti-skimming measures. When Javelin surveyed 25 banks, four stood out, though, for their anti-theft measures. They are Bank of America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo.

Experts add that debit card users are most at risk. Typically, consumers must report fraudulent charges within two days, limiting your liability to $50. If you report ATM skimming fraud within 60 days, you're liable for the first $500 of any transaction. Siciliano adds that thieves carefully orchestrate ATM withdrawals, maxing out cash withdrawals one day and waiting until after midnight for the next stash, which quickly adds up.

Here are four tips to help you protect your account.

1. Cover your password with your hand
Hidden cameras are disguised so they can pick up your password. By protecting it, ATM thieves can't access your account.

2. Use familiar ATMs and limit your visits
ATMs in dimly lighted spots or used late at night could be more susceptible to fraud, while ATMs under video surveillance can be safer. Stay away from ATMs at retail stores or restaurants, adds Siciliano. Recently, skimming devices were found on ATMs in a popular grocery store in central Florida. Airports, convenience stores or kiosks are equally vulnerable to ATM thieves. Still, even highly trafficked ATMs outside a bank branch have been targeted by thieves.

Also, try to limit your visits to the ATM. "With frequency, there's risk," says Siciliano.

3. Check bank balances frequently
Given the two-day window for reporting fraud, it pays to check your account frequently. If you don't report fraud within 60 days, you have unlimited liability. "Sign up for alerts and notice unusual withdrawals," says Vamosi.

With credit cards there are more protections in place, and you can dispute charges."You have at least a billing cycle," says Siciliano.

4. Observe the ATM
Vamosi cautions consumers to look at an ATM to make sure a card slot is "legitimate and not tacked on." Look for things that strike you, he says. "Some people have felt that when they inserted their card, something went awry," he says. In that case, try another ATM.

When protecting your account against ATM thieves, "it's all about awareness, paying attention and understanding risks," says Sicilano. "There are 400,000 ATMs and every one of them is susceptible to fraud. The speed and convenience of technology has replaced the security of technology."

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Monday, July 12, 2010

13 Simple Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

Beating the heat this summer is an expensive proposition as temperatures soar into the triple digits in some parts of the U.S.

Cities along the East Coast endured record-setting highs Tuesday, with more than half a dozen topping temperatures not seen since 1999, according to (Baltimore topped 105 degrees, compared with 101 in 1999; and Warwick, R.I., hit 103, up from 97 in 1999.) Power demand during the heat wave is also expected to hit record highs, with many utilities warning of brownouts and blackouts.

Here's how to stay cool and keep electricity bills reasonable:

Fine-Tune Your Equipment

Arrange an HVAC inspection. Anyone can hire a certified technician for an annual check that their home's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is operating at peak efficiency. Leaking ducts, for example, could reduce energy efficiency by up to 20%, says Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman for the Alliance to Save Energy. Inspections usually cost $50 to $100, but that could be offset by the energy savings over time.

Shop for size. Consumers in the market for a new room or window air conditioner should use Energy Star guidelines to determine how powerful a unit they need. A too-powerful unit not only wastes energy, it's also less effective at reducing humidity.

Keep it clean. Clean air filters monthly for central air and individual window or wall units. Dirt and dust hinder air flow, reducing efficiency.

Program the thermostat. Give the air conditioner a break during the work day. Shifting the settings to allow higher daytime temperatures could cut the average household's electric bill by $180 a year, according to Energy Star.

Seek out incentives on appliances. Investing in a new energy-efficient unit can cut long-term bills -- and be cheaper upfront, too. Through the end of 2010, qualifying central air conditioners are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost, including installation, up to a total of $1,500 for all projects. Plenty of states also still have rebates available under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A Maine resident, for example, can get $100 back on a qualifying central air conditioner, while Georgia offers $30 for room units and $99 on central units. Check for other government and utility deals in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Hunt Down Heat Sources

Seal up the house. Cooled air can leak through cracks along window and door frames. Invest in some caulk and weather-stripping to plug up these drafts. A home that's properly insulated and sealed improves energy efficiency by up to 20% year-round, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. (Insulation materials are also eligible for the 30% energy efficiency federal tax credit, up to $1,500 for all improvements combined.)

Avoid chores. The hotter the space, the harder an air conditioner must work to keep things cool. Limit the use of heat-generating appliances such as the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer during the daytime hours when temperatures are hottest, says Steve Rosenstock, manager of energy solutions for the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group. "That just makes more of a load for your air conditioner," he says.

Change light bulbs. Swapping incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent ones can cut a home electric bill, Kweller says. Switching one incandescent for a CFL saves $35 in energy costs over the projected 10-year life of the bulb. Not only do CFLs use less energy than conventional bulbs, but they also generate less heat.

Close the blinds. Rooms get hotter without shades or curtains to block the sunlight, especially with south- and west-facing windows. Put this idea to work more effectively with insulated window treatments.

Use fans. A breeze makes the room feel a few degrees cooler. Just be sure to turn it off when leaving. "Fans cool people, not rooms," Kweller says.

Unplug. Gadgets like a cellphone charger or microwave suck energy -- and generate heat -- as long as they're attached to a power source. Standby power for appliances not in use typically accounts for 5% to 10% of residential electricity use, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Plug those devices into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.

Assess Utility Suppliers

Check alternate suppliers. Residents of states where the electric industry is deregulated can shop around for their energy provider, says Rosenstock. Depending on the options, some residents could save 5% to 15% a month. Many alternative companies use renewable energy, so they're much less dependent on volatile oil, coal and natural gas prices. Most will also fix billing rates for a year or more -- a bonus if energy prices creep up. The state's public service commission should keep a list of options. Just be aware that most providers require a commitment of at least a year and charge a hefty fee for ducking out early, Rosenstock says.

Consider time-of-use plans. A growing number of electric companies are offering so-called time-of-use plans, which offer lower rates for energy consumption during off-peak hours (usually from mid-evening to early morning). The catch is that users often pay more for peak-hours use, so consider the daily schedule before signing up. Arizona-based SRP, for example, regularly charges 10.64 to 12.12 cents per kilowatt hour during July and August, based on the amount used in a billing period. On the time-of-use plan, it charges a flat 21.30 cents for on-peak hours (1 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays) and 6.65 cents during the rest of the day, on weekends and holidays.

Fix the bill. Ask the utility company about fixed-bill plans, which charge the same amount every month for a set period, regardless of electricity use. Users pay a premium rate per kilowatt hour to hedge against price increases and seasonal spikes, so make sure to crunch the numbers to confirm the savings, Kweller says. Also, keep in mind that these plans periodically reconcile, which can leave users with a big bill if they've used more than the supplier anticipated. Check with the utility to see if it alerts customers using more power than they anticipated and whether users can pay extra as they go.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4 Reasons Diets Fail

So many of the weight loss clients I've worked with one-on-one in my New York City practice admit to being professional dieters. They've tried every weight loss plan, scheme, and promise under the sun and failed miserably over and over again. And 9 times out of 10, their attempts flop because of one--or some combination--of the four reasons I discuss below. That being said, awareness is key and if you know what mistakes to watch out for, you're already a step ahead of the pack. Here's what you need to know--and can do--to immediately boost your chance of long-term success.

Reason #1: You're not fully committed.

I always tell clients at our first session together: Weight loss is at least 50 percent attitude. If you're not truly ready to make a full-time commitment to losing weight, chances of long-term success are pretty slim. That's because when efforts are half-hearted from the get-go, people typically lose interest in their diet soon after they start. The sad truth is, it's not really worth starting a weight loss program if your head isn't in the game.

How to Prevail:

My best advice is to do some serious soul-searching and identify a significant and enduring source of personal motivation for finally shedding the extra weight. Maybe it's to better manage health conditions... or to be around for your kids and grandkids... or to finally feel more comfortable in your own skin and boost your energy level.

The bottom line is that this motivation has to come from within YOU. Then, strengthen your resolve and recharge your motivation every single day with positive self talk and daily or weekly goals. I think long term goals are terrific, but short term goals can be even more powerful because they reinforce success every step of the way.

Reason #2: You expect miracles.

Individuals who launch a new diet with unreasonable expectations regarding how much weight they're going to lose each week--or who have an unrealistic goal weight in mind--are signing themselves up for trouble. If you can't match your desired pace of weight loss, you'll more than likely end up terribly disappointed and quickly jump ship.

How to Prevail:

Though you'll probably see a dramatic drop on the scale during the first few weeks on a new diet, most people eventually average out at a loss of one to three pounds per week for the duration of their plan. And if they do shed pounds more quickly than that--say, by fasting for long stretches of time--they're more likely to gain the weight back... and then some.

I know television shows and infomercial success stories lead you to believe that you can melt off fat in a matter of weeks, but the truth is, successful weight loss is a slow and steady process. If you can accept this fact and buckle down for the long haul, you will ultimately be handsomely rewarded with better health, a smashing figure, and newfound confidence.

Reason #3: Your plan isn't sustainable.

If you're following an extreme weight loss plan that doesn't even slightly resemble "normal" eating, there's a good chance your efforts won't last. And, in my opinion, subsisting entirely on shakes, smoothies, cookies, or tonics isn't normal eating. When you view a diet as a short-term deviation from your typical eating habits, rather than a long-term lifestyle change, you will almost certainly have a hard time maintaining your weight loss.

How to Prevail:

A diet should be based on appropriate amounts of healthy foods that keep you feeling satisfied and energized--not cranky and deprived. Most importantly, a diet should be viewed as a launching pad for a long-term lifestyle change. That's because to lose weight and keep it off forever, you really will have to permanently change your eating habits. With that in mind, it's important to choose an eating plan that you can easily transition into lifetime maintenance.

And while I can appreciate how provocative some of these quick-fix, restrictive diet plans can be, they truly are a set-up for failure and yo-yo dieting. Without fail, every restrictive plan has a calorific binge waiting right around the corner. Not the way to go for long term success. Instead, a food plan you can stick with for life is key.

Reason #4: You can't forgive your slip-ups.

This is an incredibly common diet pitfall. When people inevitably give into temptation and subsequently "fall of the wagon" for one meal or one day, they tell themselves they've blown their diet and throw in the towel for good. To be successful, you have to learn to overcome these temporary setbacks. You can't let one binge or one "off day" turn into a full week, or month, of splurging. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly difficult for some individuals to break this cycle of negative thinking.

How to Prevail:

Don't dwell on your mistakes. Instead, shake it off and get right back on track at your very next meal... or the very next day. And always remember, nobody gains weight from one rich dinner or a single slice of cake. The real trouble starts when you allow that one "splurge" to snowball into an all-out eating frenzy. Take it one meal at a time and learn to forgive yourself; every dieter has slip-ups, but the successful ones know how to keep those occasional lapses contained.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

10 ways to save money on gasoline

The United States has a reputation for guzzling gasoline, especially in summer, when increased demand and processing costs drive up the price by an average of 10 to 20 cents per gallon. And while the recession has helped reduce U.S. gas demand in recent years, summer heat — combined with unforeseen variables like hurricanes and oil spills — can still wreak havoc with prices at the pump.

But whether you're planning a cross-country road trip or just trying to avoid spending your paycheck on commuting, there's plenty you can do to save money on gasoline. The best strategy is to simply drive less often, maybe carpooling or biking instead, but don't feel discouraged if that's not an option.

Check out these 10 ideas for ways to cut back the amount of time and money you spend at gas stations this summer:

1) Slow and steady wins the race
Gasoline mileage drops off in most cars once you're going faster than about 60 mph (see chart at left). For every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph, you're essentially paying an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas.

Try using cruise control on interstates and other highways to maintain a constant speed. It can also help to use your car's overdrive gears, which save fuel and engine wear by reducing your speed.

2) Be cool in traffic
Aggressive driving — speeding, swerving, sudden acceleration and braking — is not only dangerous, it can lower your gas mileage 33 percent on highways and 5 percent on city streets. Revving your engine while stopped is even more wasteful.

3) But not too cool
Air conditioning can be a big drain on gasoline, so make sure you don't just leave it on absentmindedly, and certainly don't leave it on while windows are open, even if they're just cracked. You can improve your fuel efficiency in stop-and-go traffic by turning off the A/C and rolling down the windows instead, but that's not necessarily always the best idea.

When driving above 55 mph, especially for long periods on highways, the opposite is true — open windows make a vehicle less aerodynamic by letting in air, which increases air resistance and decreases fuel efficiency. On long road trips, using air conditioning could actually improve your mileage by up to 20 percent.

4) Don't just sit there
On top of pointlessly pumping out greenhouse gases without actually getting you anywhere, idling automobiles also contribute to ground-level ozone, airborne particulate matter, and other near-surface air pollution. These emissions can aggravate asthma and even hinder breathing in otherwise healthy people, especially children and the elderly.

If you're just idling to warm up your car in winter, it still only needs to run about a minute. Anything beyond that is just wasting gas.

5) Stay in tune
Fixing a car that needs a tune-up or has failed an emissions test can improve its fuel efficiency by an average of 4 percent. More serious problems, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can reduce mileage by up to 40 percent.

And don't forget to get an oil change roughly every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first (or you could look into installing an Electro-Lube Oil Refiner, which reportedly eliminates the need for oil changes while boosting efficiency 3 to 4 percent).

6) Get pumped
Keeping a car's tires properly inflated can improve fuel efficiency by about 3.3 percent. It's also safer and lengthens the lifespan of your tires, since under-inflated tires lose their tread quickly in addition to wasting fuel. Regular checkups for your tires' alignment and balance aren't a bad idea, either.

7) Take a load off
While it mainly affects smaller cars, carrying extra weight means burning extra gasoline, no matter how big your vehicle is. On average, you may be cutting your fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent for every 100 extra pounds you haul.

8) Develop motor skills
Using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil can boost mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Try to also use the lowest grade of gasoline that's appropriate for your car, since high-octane grades cost several cents more per gallon.

Check your owner's manual to be sure, but as long as your engine doesn't start knocking, you're probably OK. Switching from premium to regular gasoline would save hundreds of dollars every year.

9) There's a cap for that
Gasoline can evaporate from a vehicle's fuel tank if it's able to find an opening, which is bad for your wallet and your lungs. Make sure your gas tank's cap is tightened securely after you fill up, and if the cap's threading is stripped or it fits too loosely, you might want to buy a new one.

10) Join the masses
Carpool or, even better, don't take a car at all — walk, ride a bike, or take mass transit. It saves you money, improves your personal health, and helps the planet by keeping greenhouse gases out of its atmosphere.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Spend the Weekend at Tanjung Pasir

Spending the weekend with friends is really exciting, especially after a full week of routine work which sometimes makes you tired.
This weekend, me and my friends decided to visit Tanjung Pasir in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Because we haven't visited this place for a while.
Although Tanjung Pasir is not a beautiful beach, but you can enjoy the sea breeze with a coconut ice drink, it's really an incomparable pleasure ... :)

On the way, when we approached the village of Tanjung Pasir, we saw a place for recreation which still quite new named Tanjung Pasir Resort.
So we decided to visit this place for the first time.
To get into this beautiful place is free. This tourism area is very extensive, approximately 30 hectares, and has a lot of pond fishing.
For fishing in this place is also free, you are only charged for the fish you've caught. Cost per Kilogram starts from Rp. 60 000 to Rp. 100 000 (rate : $1 = Rp. 9000), depending on the type of fish you get. They also provide some fishing tools for rent for visitors who didn't bring their fishing equipment.

Although this place is still new, but the scenery in this tourist area it is very beautiful, clean and neat. Moreover during our visit, the wind was blowing pretty strong, so it made a cool and comfortable atmosphere. It really made us feel at home here. Not forgetting my colleagues, they took a lot of photos in this area, and the result was incredible good, because there's a reliable photographer here ... :)
I also asked the officer here about more information from this place, We were advised to visit Pulau Anggrek (Orchid Island ) if we want to held an event in more personal, because this island has an exclusive area and beautiful scenery.

We rushed to Pulau Anggrek, which located on the fishing pond of approximately 3 hectares. At the entrance to this island there are some ornaments which remind you of Bali island, which definitely will keep you enthralled. Here, I met the officer who gave me details information about this place. He said that there's no charge for using this place, you are only charged for the cost of the buffet which start from Rp. 100000-250000 / pax. Pulau Anggrek is also able to accommodate about 300 people. We were also invited to visit private area on the second floor. From here you can see to all over direction, including the sea behind the hotel.

After spent some time in this place, we continued our journey to Tanjung Pasir. Approximately 15 minutes later we're arrived at this beach.
Costs imposed on us is Rp. 30,000 for 8 persons + car parking, not too expensive in my opinion.
We rushed to the beach to feel the fresh sea breeze. Unfortunately, this day the wave is pretty strong, so not many visitors who crossed to the other islands nearby. We headed for the nearest shop to enjoy fresh coconut ice drink. The price of a coconut ice drink only Rp. 6000, plus a fresh breeze, and cozy atmosphere, made me feel relaxed and refreshed. It is an inexpensive way to release stress.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

5 Places to Retire On Social Security Alone

For you who desire to retire... hope this would help... :)

One of the most compelling reasons to consider retiring to another country is the opportunity to reduce your cost of living, maybe dramatically.

As one American I know who retired to Boquete, Panama put it recently, "Back in Tucson, Arizona, where I'm from, my monthly Social Security check might cover the cost of my utilities. Here in Boquete, my income from Social Security is enough to buy me a very comfortable new life."

The average Social Security check is about $1,200. You can receive that payment while living anywhere in the world. In some countries, you can even have your Social Security check direct-deposited into your local bank account. Here are five places where you could retire on your Social Security income alone.

Boquete, Panama. Panama offers super user-friendly options for foreign residency. Resident retirees receive a long list of benefits including discounts on everything from prescription medicines and in-country air travel to closing costs on the purchase of real estate.

Granada, Nicaragua. Granada is a charming Spanish-colonial city built around a beautiful and lively central square. It's also home to a welcoming community of expat retirees enjoying new lives in this land of lakes and volcanoes. You could live well in Granada on about $900 per month.

Hangzou, China. About $1,000 a month could buy you a comfortable and super-exotic new life in Hangzou.

Morelia, Mexico. You could retire on a budget of about $1,100 per month in this colonial city full of charm and history. A friend calls Morelia the "coolest Mexican city you've never heard of."

Cuenca, Ecuador. The average monthly Social Security check ($1,200) could also buy you a pleasant new life in Cuenca. The city has an established community of expats who will welcome you and help with your transition. The other big plus for Cuenca is its climate. Ecuador is a land of eternal springtime, never too hot and never too cold.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Meet Byron Kelleher

A few days ago, the world famous Rugby player, Byron Kelleher visited Indonesia for charity activities.
During the time of his visit, he came to stop by to my office.
This thing could happen, because the player who get an exclusive contract from adidas wanted to know how to manufacture the shoes that he wore,
at a time to meet some of his fans here.
Of course this makes us busy, but delighted to welcome the world's top player.

Byron who has 175 cm height, and weight 95 kg does look big and scary, but behind it all he was a friendly and nice person.
We also gave him a pair of shoes which specially designed for him and asked him to wore it.
He also signed a few posters of himself when he was joined in the All Black team, and also not forget
to signed the flag banner of New Zeland as a support to the land of his birth in the World Cup.

We conducted him to a little tour in our factory to showed him some facilities here.
When he came to my work area, he was immediately greeted with great fanfare by my teammates.
We're doing some pictures together, and also have a small chit-chat talking about the world cup.
He also gave his signature to all team members.

Although it's just a brief visit, but this was very meaningful for us specially for his biggest fans.
Even though Rugby is still less popular here, but did not dampen his intention to do charity activity here.
Hopefully we gave him a good impression during his visit, so that one day in the future he can visit us again.
Truly a rare experience, and I am lucky to have experienced it... :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

McDonald's pulls 12M cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses

Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses; McDonald's said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.

The 16-ounce glasses, being sold for about $2 each as part of a promotional campaign for the movie "Shrek Forever After," were available in four designs depicting the characters Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots and Donkey.

In the animated comedy, which debuted May 21 as the latest installment of the successful DreamWorks Animation franchise, the voice of Shrek is performed by Mike Myers of "Austin Powers" fame, Cameron Diaz performs as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots and Eddie Murphy voices Donkey. The movie has been No. 1 at the box office since its release.

The CPSC noted in its recall notice that "long-term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects." Cadmium is a known carcinogen that research shows also can cause bone softening and severe kidney problems.

In the case of the Shrek-themed glassware, the potential danger would be long-term exposure to low levels of cadmium, which could leach from the paint onto a child's hand, then enter the body if the child puts that unwashed hand to his or her mouth.

Cadmium can be used to create reds and yellows in paint. McDonald's USA spokesman Bill Whitman said a pigment in paint on the glasses contained cadmium.

"A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald's worked together on this recall," said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson. He would not specify the amounts of cadmium that leached from the paint in tests, but said the amounts were "slightly above the protective level currently being developed by the agency."

Wolfson said the glasses have "far less cadmium than the children's metal jewelry that CPSC has previously recalled."

Concerns about cadmium exposure emerged in January, when The Associated Press reported that some items of children's jewelry sold at major national chains contained up to 91 percent of the metal. Federal regulators worry that kids could ingest cadmium by biting, sucking or even swallowing contaminated pendants and bracelets.

The consumer protection agency has issued three recalls this spring for jewelry highlighted in the AP stories, including products sold at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer; at Claire's, a major jewelry and accessories chain in North America and Europe; and at discount and dollar stores.

Those recalls all involved children's metal jewelry -- and all of that jewelry was made in China.

Manufactured by ARC International of Millville, N.J., the glasses were to be sold from May 21 into June. Roughly seven million of the glasses had been sold; another approximately five million are in stores or have not yet been shipped, said Whitman.

Associated Press reporters tried unsuccessfully to buy the glasses late Thursday at McDonald's in New York, Los Angeles and northern New Jersey but were alternately told the merchandise was sold out, no longer available or "there'll be more tomorrow."

E-mails sent after business hours to two spokesmen for ARC International seeking comment were not immediately returned.

McDonald's said it was asking customers to stop using the glasses "out of an abundance of caution."

"We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use," Whitman said. "However, again to ensure that our customers receive safe products from us, we made the decision to stop selling them and voluntarily recall these products effective immediately."

Whitman said that as the CPSC develops new protocols and standards for cadmium in consumer products, "we adjust as necessary to ensure that our customers can continue to trust what they receive from McDonald's."

Sooo..... Be careful.......
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Taman Sengkaling, Malang, Indonesia

Spent the weekend visiting the theme park was very relaxing. Especially after a week full of work that makes you tired.
This time I was with some colleagues visited a theme park in the Tourism area of Sengkaling Malang, East Java.

Admission price is fairly cheap, especially if your friend paid it for you, it would be awesome...

In this Park there are lots of shady trees that made the atmosphere cool. We also visited a fish pond for Arapaima gigas which is located near the entrance door.
It was said that this fish is the largest freshwater fish in the world that comes from South America. This fish can grow up to 3 meters long with a weight reaches 200

After passing through this pool, you can down the stairs to visit the public swimming pool. There is also the lion's den near the playground.
The playground here is quite comfort. Luckily, when we came the situation here was not too crowded.

We continued our footsteps passing through the bridge over the Brantas river. The river which divides the city of Malang has a fairly strong currents.
Even so, the scenery in this river is also beautiful ... Especially when you're listening to the sound of it's flow... Extraordinary ...

In addition, there is a four-dimensional cinema, a restaurant on the boat, astray park, and even a games for outdoor activity.

There are some students from primary schools that are undergoing an outdoor game with their teachers.
Quite fun to watched them play with mud and swinging on flying fox. In fact, there's also a horse riding around the park.

After walking around the park, I found a nice cool seat to unwind while enjoying an ice cream that I bought. The food prices here is not too
expensive. Moreover, the situation of the gardens are nice and clean enough to make you relax.

At noon we were looking for food in the cafeteria near the fish pond. We enjoy the coffee milk, while accompanied by nice music.

But we couldn't spent our time much longer here, because at noon we had to return to the airport to flight home ...

Truly extraordinary day to release the stress in your head ...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Divers explore sunken ruins of Cleopatra's palace

Plunging into the waters off Alexandria Tuesday, divers explored the submerged ruins of a palace and temple complex from which Cleopatra ruled, swimming over heaps of limestone blocks hammered into the sea by earthquakes and tsunamis more than 1,600 years ago.

The international team is painstakingly excavating one of the richest underwater archaeological sites in the world and retrieving stunning artifacts from the last dynasty to rule over ancient Egypt before the Roman Empire annexed it in 30 B.C.

Using advanced technology, the team is surveying ancient Alexandria's Royal Quarters, encased deep below the harbor sediment, and confirming the accuracy of descriptions of the city left by Greek geographers and historians more than 2,000 years ago.

Since the early 1990s, the topographical surveys have allowed the team, led by French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, to conquer the harbor's extremely poor visibility and excavate below the seabed. They are discovering everything from coins and everyday objects to colossal granite statues of Egypt's rulers and sunken temples dedicated to their gods.

"It's a unique site in the world," said Goddio, who has spent two decades searching for shipwrecks and lost cities below the seas.

The finds from along the Egyptian coast will go on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute from June 5 to Jan. 2 in an exhibition titled "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt." The exhibition will tour several other North American cities.

Many archaeological sites have been destroyed by man, with statues cut or smashed to pieces. Alexandria's Royal Quarters — ports, a cape and islands full of temples, palaces and military outposts — simply slid into the sea after cataclysmic earthquakes in the fourth and eighth centuries. Goddio's team found it in 1996. Many of its treasures are completely intact, wrapped in sediment protecting them from the saltwater.

"It's as it was when it sank," said Ashraf Abdel-Raouf of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, who is part of the team.

Tuesday's dive explored the sprawling palace and temple complex where Cleopatra, the last of Egypt's Greek-speaking Ptolemaic rulers, seduced the Roman general Mark Antony before they committed suicide upon their defeat by Octavian, the future Roman Emperor Augustus.

Dives have taken Goddio and his team to some of the key scenes in the dramatic lives of the couple, including the Timonium, commissioned by Antony after his defeat as a place where he could retreat from the world, though he killed himself before it was completed.

They also found a colossal stone head believed to be of Caesarion, son of Cleopatra and previous lover Julius Caesar, and two sphinxes, one of them probably representing Cleopatra's father, Ptolemy XII.

Divers photographed a section of the seabed cleared of sediment with a powerful suction device. Their flashlights glowing in the green murk, the divers photographed ruins from a temple to Isis near Cleopatra's palace on the submerged island of Antirhodos.

Among the massive limestone blocks toppled in the fourth century was a huge quartzite block with an engraving of a pharaoh. An inscription indicates it depicts Seti I, father of Ramses II.

"We've found many pharaonic objects that were brought from Heliopolis, in what is now Cairo," said Abdel-Raouf. "So, the Ptolemaic rulers re-used pharonic objects to construct their buildings."

On the boat's deck, researchers displayed some small recent finds: imported ceramics and local copies, a statuette of a pharaoh, bronze ritual vessels, amulets barely bigger than a fingernail, and small lead vessels tossed by the poor into the water or buried in the ground as devotions to gods.

Alexandria's Eastern Harbor was abandoned after another earthquake, in the eighth century, and was left untouched as an open bay — apart from two 20th century breakwaters — while modern port construction went ahead in the Western Harbor. That has left the ancient Portus Magnus undisturbed below.

"We have this as an open field for archaeology," Goddio said.

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